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Cherry Hill Recycling

Cherry Hill, NJ, stands out among communities that are “greening” themselves, and can be a model for others looking to do the same.

In 2006, Mayor Bernie Platt began looking at recycling as a way to save money for Cherry Hill. The cost of disposing of trash at landfills and incinerators was rising steeply, and township officials estimated that by using RecycleBank , a program that gives residents financial rewards, based on the amount they recycle, Cherry Hill could save $2 million in disposal fees over five years.

“A pilot program was launched in the Knollwood area in fall 2007, and while we had high hopes for the concept’s inception, I was astonished at the pilot’s success,” says Dan Keashen, a close Platt aide. “Recycling rates almost doubled in that area during the six-month test run, and soon other neighborhoods were clamoring to get involved.”

After RecycleBank went township-wide in 2008, the average Cherry Hill household went from recycling 11 pounds of material per week to about 22 pounds of material. Meanwhile, Cherry Hill’s solid waste output has been tremendously reduced. Keashen estimates the township has diverted more than 2,700 tons of trash from the landfill since 2007.

“These numbers are groundbreaking from a sustainability point of view and a fiscal point of view,” Keashen says. “Since we have been educating our public and pushing our community to think twice before they throw things out, we have been able to average approximately $40,000 a month in recycled commodity revenue.”

Keashen says he believes the community’s attitude has changed since they implemented the new recycling program. “Our goal was to stimulate thought and make people think about what they are putting in the trash,” Keashen says. “I think it’s clear that our residents are putting more thought into these critical pieces of everyday living.”

Finally, in a separate initiative true to the spirit of America Recycles Day, all desk-side trash cans in Cherry Hill’s Municipal Building have been replaced with recycling containers. According to Keashen, employees must make the effort to walk to a centralized trash collection point, making it less convenient to throw things away and more convenient to recycle.

Article from the U.S. Envrinmental Protection Agency

Cherry Hill kicks the (trash) can

Cherry Hill kicks the (trash) can for recycling. CHERRY HILL — The trash cans are no longer near desks in the Municipal Building. By next year they could disappear from the desks at town schools.

Recyclebank Households Save Goverment Dollars

Not only do RecycleBank households save money while helping the environment, but cities like Cherry Hill, NJ, have turned to conservation efforts as a way to relieve pressure on tightening city budgets.

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Middle School Information Nights

Middle school information meetings for fifth graders and their parents will be held the first week of February as follows:

      

Carusi: Monday, February 2

      – Beck: Tuesday, February 3

      – Rosa: Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5 

 

All meetings begin at 7 pm. The middle school open enrollment period will run from February 13 through February 27.   Applications for open enrollment to Rosa have been mailed to parents of all fifth graders and will also be available at the Rosa information meetings.

 

Given the past few years and enrollment high at all of th elementary schools there will probably be a pottery again for entrance to Rosa.  This will be announced officially on or about March 13. 

 

Those intersted in attending Rosa need to fill out the District Application for Open Enrollment and turn it in to the District  Adminstration at Malberg.

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Mayor Takes Pay Cut

Mayor & Council take 10-percent pay cut

Mayor Bernie Platt has given back 10 percent of his Township salary to personally create cost savings for Town Hall. The Mayor’s reduction was followed by a 10 percent salary reduction by Town Council leadership, the majority of Council members and Maris Kukainis, Township business administrator.

The Township has implemented several cost cutting measures to combat a significant drop in construction revenue, state aid and rising costs due to state mandated payments to the pension system and the public library.

"This is another form of universal belt tightening by my administration to combat the ongoing national recession," Platt said. "At this point as an elected official I feel a moral obligation to share the pain with employees and residents by giving back salary in order to do my part in these extraordinary times. In my estimate it would be unconscionable to ask for wage freezes without actively participating."

The total savings from the salary giveback by elected officials and the municipal manager will be more than $26,000. Additionally, Town Council members have not had a salary increase in more than 20 years and the mayor’s salary has not increased since Platt took office.

Steven Polansky, council president, said the salary giveback is another example of the administration sharing the pain with employees and the community.

"Right now we are looking at every option to cut costs," Polansky said. "The Mayor and Council must lead the way in these difficult economic times. During these unprecedented times of economic turmoil I am open to all options to preserve the core services upon our residents depend, and which they value. There is no question that people are suffering. Universal pain needs to be felt by everyone from the top down."

To offset the debilitating effects of the current recession, the Township has already made painful layoffs, consolidated departments, implemented premium sharing for medical benefits throughout union ranks, froze wages for 130 nonunion employees and cut more than $700,000 from its 2008-09 fiscal year budget.

Platt said the Township would continue to plan for the future during this recession-based economy, and that these particular givebacks are a "sign of the times." He also said that his administration would go back to the six unions operating in the Township to seriously discuss wage freezes and other concessions to create economic sustainability for future budgets until economic conditions improve.

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